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PURPLE FROG

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Full Name: Purple Frog
Nationality: American
Organization: Purple Frog
Occupation Agency

Creator: Harry F. Bunn
Time Span: 2021 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Purple Frog is a private intelligence company.

That bizarre name comes from the genus "Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis", a strange looking creature found in the Wester Ghats of India. As the head of the organization puts it, "A purple frog is very rare. It remains hidden underground for most of the year and only emerges when some specific action is required. Having accomplished that, the frog returns to its hidden state". The company strives to work in a similar manner in that it remains hidden and undetectable until a particular problem arises requiring its actions, its people step forth to resolve the situation, and then disappear once again.

That head and founder is Jason Overly, "a worldwide icon due to his role in technology and his philanthropy". He heads up Avanch which is apparently a very successful telecom or social media company which he assisted several young college grads to created - he was the 'grownup in the room' - and now has far more money than he could ever spend.

Overly's ever growing concern with the state of the world and the constant existence of war or terrorism brings him to create Purple Frog to try and bring about world peace. As the chief security officer of the organization, Silvia Lewis, put it, the company's aim was to "eliminate or at least slow down the behaviors which lead to conflict". The goal sounds quite lofty.

The methods for achieving it, though, do not come across as anywhere as pristine. As we are told, "this international team employs unorthodox methods including hacking, blackmail, extortion and, occasionally, murder."

"We'll use hackers and some new technologies to gather information which will allow us to compromise [key government leaders around the globe] and then apply leverage to modify their actions".

Method 1: They would discover some small piece of troublesome fact on a person, such as an offshore bank account, and use that knowledge as blackmail to get some small favor done for them, and then use that favor as extortion for more help until soon that person knows he remains in office only by their permission.

Method 2: They would hack into the banking system and shift those funds such that the leader had no access to them, and then offer to put them back in exchange for the favor.

Method 3: They would eliminate - via accident, suicide, or assassination - that leader and start again.

And these are the good guys!

BOOKS

Number of Books:10
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2023

1 Purple Frog Purple Frog
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2021

"Keeping below the radar is key to Purple Frog's success but a plot to assassinate the new President of the European Union calls for more direct action and risk of discovery."
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2 MetalWorks MetalWorks
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2021

A very rich and powerful South African wants to be a major player on the world stage and has developed a weapon of mass destruction capable of achieving that. He is planning on demonstrating it on a US city unless Purple Frog can stop him.
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3 Brotherhood of the Skull Brotherhood of the Skull
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2021

A would-be American triumvirate comprised a charismatic white supremacist, a televangelist, and a power-hungry Senator have plans for staging a huge march on the Capital and seizing power in a coup. Because it has no limitations on its own actions, only Purple Frog can hope to stop the plot.
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4 Citadel of Yakutsk Citadel of Yakutsk
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2021

Beneath the frigid city of Yakutsk in Siberia is a clandestine facility, the secret headquarters of a Russian general who has a plan to invade eight neighboring countries and recreate the Russian Empire. It will fall to the people at Purple Frog to keep that from happening.
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5 Flag Eight Flag Eight
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2022

The island territory of St. Croix has in its history been ruled by seven different nations thus having had seven different flags flying overhead. Now the leader of Venezuela, hating America and needing something to rally his nation's people, has made it the 8th flag with an invasion. As the US waffles on what its response should be, Purple Frog takes action.
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6 To Venice with Love To Venice with Love
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2022

Alan Harlan, operations head of Purple Frog, and his new wife are on their honeymoon in Greece when he learns about a new super yacht owned by an old enemy, a Saudi prince. That Middle Eastern closet terrorist is planning on using a bioweapon hidden onboard his ship to sail to Venice and destroy the entire city.
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7 Delete Code Delete Code
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2022

A creative computer hacker has developed malware that can wipe out any file and any software from any computer he targets. He plans to use it to make a lot of money through extortion but a major enemy of America is out to steal it and attack the US.
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8 Brisa's Grief Brisa's Grief
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2023

Brisa is the daughter of a powerful South American drug cartel leader. When a DEA raid on the cartel headquarters goes very wrong, Brisa is determined to get revenge on the entire US. She will achieve this through a new narcotic she intends on releasing into the States, eventually killing millions.
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9 Assault And Battery Assault And Battery
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2023

"November Swan is the third richest person in the world, but his portfolio of companies is turning sour. To tackle this threat, he decides to go “all in” acquiring a startup company that is developing next-generation, solid-state batteries for electric vehicles. His plan requires access to rare earth components which are needed for large-scale manufacturing. These are located only in China.
Having always skirted the law and regulations, Swan pushes into more criminal acts to achieve his objectives, including a deal with China that puts the U.S. economy and its security in peril. The Purple Frog team is tasked with stopping him."
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10 Final Bow Final Bow
Written by Harry F. Bunn
Copyright: 2023

"In Final Bow, the world hangs in the balance as an alliance of China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran develop an offensive they call “Global Strike”. With the future of the Western world at stake, the clandestine spy team at Purple Frog must decide if they will use their own bold, and risky, plan for world peace, accepting its ethical and practical risks.
With the stakes so high, the tension builds as each move brings them closer to the ultimate showdown and the death of one of Purple Frog’s leadership team becomes a Final Bow."
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MY COMMENTS

First, I had to get over the oddball name. I did that pretty - oh, who am I kidding? I still look sideways at such a strange name for an organization. Not that it really matters once you get into the series. Once there, you will, if you are like me, spend your time a bit stunned at the sort of things this group does while still considering itself on the side of the angels.

These adventures are fast reads and at times a whole lot of fun and since they are still being written, I will still be buying them.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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